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Kingi Kiriona

  • Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa

Biography

Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) has established himself as a prominent composer, orator and performing artist.  Kingi rose to fame while still at secondary school, winning both English and Māori sections of the National Manu Kōrero competition. His prowess in oratory and composition followed through to Tainui Regional and National Kapa Haka competitions, co-founding a new and innovative team, Te Iti Kahurangi in 2003. 

Kingi has also worked in the broadcasting and tertiary sectors. Kingi has created a reputation that holds fast to Māori traditions, but also challenges contemporary issues within society through his composition.  Kingi is the Managing Director of Tupu Ora Education and Development Ltd.  His compositions are frequently used as learning resources for children within school curriculum.